Covid Passport Scheme Suffers Data Breach

Covid Passport Scheme Suffers Data Breach

The Covid vaccine passport scheme in Northern Ireland has suffered a data breach, resulting in some users receiving other users’ personal information.

Officials have said the data breach occurred due to a technical difficulty with the COVIDCERT NI app which caused a temporary interruption to service. A spokesperson for the Department of Health has confirmed that the Information Commissioner’s Office has been notified.

It is unclear how many were affected by the breach, but the incident has raised concerns about privacy.

Colm Gildernew, Sinn Fein’s health spokesperson stated: “Significant personal information could have been exposed and it was right for the Department to advise the Information Commissioner’s Office. The Department must also ensure that those impacted are made aware of the breach and actions being taken to address this issue.”

The app has faced a number of issues since launching earlier this month. Some users have struggled to get their details verified on the app, and others have had their applications rejected just days before they’re due to fly.

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